Betty Jeanne McClelland

betty mcclellandBetty Jeanne McClelland, 93, of Bloomington passed away at 2:02 AM on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at Heritage Health in Normal.

There will be a funeral service for Betty on Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 1 PM at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Reverend Tiffani Black will officiate. There will be a visitation two hours prior to the service at the Memorial Home. Entombment will take place at Park Hill Mausoleum in Bloomington. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the West Olive United Methodist Church in Bloomington, IL.

Betty was born August 20, 1921 in Bloomington to Clovis Henry and Lucille Herman McNutt. She married William C. Tinervin in November 19, 1943 in New Orleans, LA. She later married William L. McClelland on August 10, 1978 in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1994. She was also preceded in death by one brother James McNutt.

Betty is survived by her children, Jill (Jay) Nickel of Bloomington, Jeffrey (Madalyn) Tinervin of Bloomington and Harv (Karen) McClelland of East Peoria, six grandchildren, Bryan (Lindsey) Nickel, Reid Nickel, Betsy Tinervin, Alexis (Austin) Tinervin-Curtis, Jennifer (Corey) Biggs and Lindsay (Jon) Eichorst and twelve great-grandchildren.

She was a professional dancer who traveled the United States and danced for the troops during World War II. She also worked in the shipyards in Oakland during the war. She was a very active member of West Olive United Methodist Church in Bloomington. She retired in 1993 from State Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington at the age of 70 after twenty years of service. She worked in Group Life Administration. Betty loved Christmas and no one spent the time and effort to wrap Christmas presents like her. They were perfect and often personalized for the person receiving it.

The family members wish to thank the kind staff at Heritage Health of Normal-Legacy Care Unit. Betty viewed all of them as part of her family during her last five years.

She will be remembered as a Mother, Grandmother, and great Grandmother who always put her family before herself. She was exceptionally generous with her money, her time and her love. She was missed the moment she left us.

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James K. Smith

JamesK.SmithJames K. Smith 70, of Bloomington, IL passed away at 2:04am at his residence on May 4, 2015 with his family by his side.

Private family services will be held at a later date. There will be no visitation. Beck Memorial Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

James was born on August 2, 1944, the son of Kenneth C. and Lucille M. Garling Smith. He married Kathleen McLaughlin on July 9, 1977 in Bloomington, IL; she survives.

Also surviving are his children, Trent (Cheryl) Shull, Lake of the Ozark, MO; Tony (Elizabeth) Smith, Bloomington, IL; Jeffrey McLaughlin, Indiana; and, Amanda (John) Lanier, Bloomington, IL. Chris M. Smith and nine additional grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by both of his parents, infant son, Troy Smith, and his brother, Daniel Smith.

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William E. “Bill” Smith

WilliamSmithWilliam E. “Bill” Smith, 65, of Bloomington, passed away at 5:34 p.m. Friday (May 1, 2015) at his residence surrounded by his loving wife of 44 years and his children.

Bill was born June 27, 1949, in Bloomington, the son of Loren L. and Bette E. Smith. He married Deborah E. Weld on Dec. 14, 1970. She survives.

Also surviving are one sister, Lori Hoffman, Bloomington; two children, Jamie M. Smith, Bloomington, and Carrie L. (Darrin) Leverson, Atlanta; nine grandchildren, Nicolas Baize, Kayleigh Smith, Abbigail Smith, Tristan Hardy and Jared Leverson, all of Bloomington; Attleigh Leverson, Jason Leverson and Kaelyn Leverson, all of Atlanta; and Kelsey (Scott) Pratt, Clarksville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Karlee and Tanner Pratt, Clarksville, Tenn., and Teagan and Paisleigh Leverson, Atlanta; sister-in-law, Peggy L. Smith, Bloomington; two nieces, Tiffany Smith, Bloomington, and Kristin Smith, Peoria; and one great-niece, Sydny Smith, Bloomington.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Loren E. Smith and Sidney D. Smith; and one nephew.

Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971. He was a Vietnam War veteran. Later he worked for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad and Bloomington Offset Printing Inc.

Bill was a member of the American Hungarian Family Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and a 33rd-degree Mason. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing and listening to old music. He loved watching football and cheering for the Chicago Bears. He also loved spending time with his neighborhood buddies. And he especially enjoyed a special bond with his “brother,” Clayton James. But his ultimate joy was his family and grandchildren.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Steve Evans will officiate. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. The Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor guard will conduct military rites.  A celebration of life reception will immediately follow the service at the American Hungarian Family Society.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials to Transitions Hospice, American Hungarian Family Society or Wounded Warrior Project. Memorials may be mailed to Deborah E. Smith, 1006 N. Morris Ave., Bloomington, IL 61701.

Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The twinkle in his eye and his infectious smile will be missed.

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Mildred Leone “Mickey” Lawson

MildredLawsonMildred Leone “Mickey” Lawson, 86, of Normal, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Sunday (April 26, 2015) at Heritage Health, Normal.

Her funeral will be at noon Friday, May 1, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Clark Killingsworth will officiate. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 1, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The family suggests memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Research. Please mail your memorials to her daughter, Denise Martin, 406 E. Walnut St., Lexington, IL 61753.

Mickey was born Jan. 31, 1929, in Normal, the daughter of Lloyd P. and Mildred P. Motter Biddle.

Surviving are five children, Stephanie (Rich) Ulbrich, Florida; Bob (Kathie) Swibaker, Normal; Stacy (James) Gates, Delaware; Nancy (Emerson) Bailey, Minonk; and Denise (Rodney) Martin, Lexington; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Bob, Gayln and Owen Biddle.

She is preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, Bud, Wayne, Cecil, Bruce Lynn and Roger Max; and five sisters, Juanita, Laverne, Lorraine, Virginia and Elaine.

Mickey was a beautician and owned and operated her shop for more than 30 years. She owned and operated a resort on Table Rock Lake in Missouri. Mickey enjoyed bowling, playing cards and traveling. She had made it to 49 states.

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Edwin John “Ed” Linenweber

ed linenweberEdwin John “Ed” Linenweber, 100, of Bloomington, formerly of Washington, died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 22, 2015) in Boulder, Colo., where he had been living the past few weeks near his daughter.

There will be a funeral for Ed at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Burial will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.

Ed was born April 14, 1915, in Bloomington, to John Franklin and Cora Mae Hanks Linenweber. He married Mary Isabel Anderson on Nov. 20, 1941, in Bloomington. She preceded him in death in July 2002. He was also preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.

He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (Jim) Landes, Los Gotas, Calif., and Vicki Bain, Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren, Dawn (Michael Simmons) Landes, Brett (Jennifer) Landes, Jeffrey (Jeanie Schlafly) Bain and Amy (Michael) Hall; and one great-granddaughter, Nina Hall.

Ed worked 38 years for Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria as a claims technician. He retired in 1978. He was an avid golfer and loved sports. Ed and his wife were very active in the Methodist church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday school, among other things.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Ustoppable Nina Hall Family Research Fund at Ed’s great-granddaughter was born with mitochondrial disease.

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Debra Ann Moretz

Debra MoretzDebra Ann Moretz, 56, of Congerville, passed away at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday (April 22, 2015) at her home.

A celebration of life will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Rock Creek Bible Church in Congerville, IL with the Rev. Bob Hart officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Cremation rites were accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Debra Moretz Memorial Fund in care of Heartland Bank, Carlock. Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.

Debra was born on July 19, 1958, in Peoria, the daughter of Jimmy and Janice Mercer Logan. She married Robert “Bob” Moretz Jr. on June 7, 1975, in Bloomington.

Debra is survived by her father, Jimmy Logan, Washington; husband, Bob; three children, Ben (Amber) Moretz, Minier; Christine (Gary) Pickavet, Camarillo, Calif.; and Diane (Marc) Wohlers, Minier; and her four beloved “G-babies,” Waylon, Mya, Cooper and Hayden. Also surviving are her brother, Barry (Karen) Logan, Metamora; and sisters, Lisa (Arlie) Logan, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and Angela (Bob) Ing, Benton.She was preceded in death by her mother.

Debra received her CNA certificate and worked at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center for seven years as a tech nurse in the pediatrics labor and delivery unit.

She was active with the 4-H Club for 20 years and enjoyed helping with Relay For Life each year. She was passionate about horses and enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially going to Hawaii, where she was the happiest sitting in the water and putting her toes in the sand.

Debra was very passionate about life and people and wouldn’t hesitate to help those in need. She will be greatly missed by her family and will always be known as “MiMi” to her grandchildren.

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Lawrence “Larry” W. Salzman

Larry SalzmanLawrence “Larry” W. Salzman, 86 of LeRoy, Illinois passed away on Sunday (April 12, 2015) at 4:20am at Heritage Health Care, Normal, IL.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday (April 18, 2015) at 2pm at the Covell Community Church in Covell with Pastor Chad Sparks officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Bloomington/Normal American Legion. Cremation rites will be accorded. The family will receive friends following the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Covell Community Church, 10715 Church Street, Bloomington, Illinois 61705.

Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington, Illinois is in charge of arrangements.

Larry was born on March 16, 1929 in Bloomington, Illinois the son of Arthur Orville Salzman and Francis Lorraine Thomas Salzman.

Larry is survived by his daughters; Brenda (Bill) Baker of Carlock, Susan (Jr.) Shickel of Bloomington and Heidi (Joe) Cinkovichof Normal, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He Served in the US Army with two years active duty. He was a member of the Covell Community Church, VFW in Chenoa and American Legion Post 635 and was in the volunteer ministry at Nursing Homes for many years.

Larry was the most devoted and loving father, grandfather and christian you would ever find, he was always putting other peoples needs before his own. His life will live on through others. Well done good and faithful servant.

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Earl “Catfish” John Campbell

EarlCampbell2 EarlCampbell1Earl “Catfish” John Campbell, 90, of Bloomington, passed away at 4:56 a.m. Monday (April 6, 2015) at his home while comforted by his family.

His service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. Entombment will follow at Park Hill Cemetery Mausoleum, Bloomington. Visitation will be an hour prior to the service at the memorial home. Memorial contributions may be mailed to Wounded Warriors Project or the local Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Saybrook, to Harry and Elsie Kingsley Campbell. In 1954, John married Betty Crawford; she is now deceased. They had three children. He married the love of his life, Dolores Chavez Williams, on Oct. 26, 1963, in Lexington. She survives.

He is also survived by his daughter (with first wife, the late Vonnie Embry), Cheryl (Larry) Mays, Normal; son, Darrell (Cindy) Williams; daughter, Velda Williams (James) Brown; daughter, Etta Campbell (Percy) Buckley; and son, Michael (Becky) Williams; all of Bloomington; daughter, Mary Williams (Timothy) Trunnell, Normal; son, Frank (Margaret) Campbell; daughter, Tina Williams (Jeromy) Bush; and daughter, Dolly John Campbell (Owen) Wilmoth; all of Bloomington; a sister, Amanda Bays, Bloomington; a brother, Bill Campbell, Arkansas; 29 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents; son, Earl John Campbell Jr.; grandson, Earl John Campbell III; sisters, Gwendolyn Knackstead and Jean Embry; and brothers, Leslie and Jimmy Campbell.

Earl was a World War II Purple Heart recipient, having served in the South Pacific fleet as a private first class in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945. He was a proud Marine and loved his country. He retired from his career at Illinois Power Co. in 1986, after 31 years of dedicated service.

“Catfish John” loved traditional fishing and “hoggin” with his lifelong “hoggin” buddy and friend Bob Williams (deceased). He was always eager to share his knowledge of the sport with anyone brave enough to take on the challenge. Big John also enjoyed county music, including playing the slide guitar and Dobro. He was the patriarch of our large family, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and loyal friend. During his long and richly blessed life he was loved, and he will be missed by all who were privileged to know him. We are comforted to know he is at peace with our Savior and will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Gary Dean Deerwester

GaryDeerwesterGary Dean Deerwester, 61, of Bloomington passed away at 4:37 PM on Wednesday April 1, 2015 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

There will be a funeral service for Gary at 6:30 PM on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at Crossroads Chapel in Bloomington. Pastor Mark Wallace will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00-6:30 PM at the church. Military rites will be conducted by both active duty Army and Bloomington/Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington is handling arrangements.

He was born on September 25, 1953 in Bloomington, son of Charles E. and Margaret Wunder Klepper. He married Laura Damon on September 28, 1985 in Bloomington. She survives. He is also survived by mother Margaret of Bloomington, four children, Cory (Aubrey) Deerwester, Jake Deerwester, Chris Patterson, and Matt Deerwester all of Bloomington, seven grandchildren, Christopher Patterson, Carson Patterson, Lucas Evans, Carys Deerwester, Drake Deerwester, Crislyn Patterson, Savanna Deerwester and his five siblings, Rick (Pam) Deerwester of Clinton, Geneva Wilkinson of Bloomington, John (Nancy) Klepper of Bloomington, Joanna Carnahan of Bloomington, and Chuck (Tonya) Klepper of Hawkins County, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, one sister Kimberly Klepper and two brother-in-laws Scott Carnahan and Dick Wilkinson.

Gary proudly served his country during the Vietnam War Era as a member of the United States Army. He was a member of Crossroads Chapel in Bloomington. He owned and operated an appliance business in Bloomington for many years.

Gary, a devout child of God, was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, father, grandfather and loyal friend to many. He loved the Lord and cherished his dog Bo, riding his Harley, camping with his family and traveling the country with his wife of 29 years, Laura, who he adored. He never hesitated to help anyone in need; there are not enough words to describe the size of the heart that Gary had. He will be deeply missed, forever loved and never forgotten.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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William A. Ferguson

William A. Ferguson, 77 of Normal, Illinois passed away on Friday (March 20, 2015) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington, Illinois.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday (March 25, 2015) at 5pm at the Salvation Army Church in Bloomington. Military honors will be conducted by the Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard. Family will receive friends from 4:15pm till time of service. Cremation rites were accorded.

William is survived by his wife Christine Ferguson, his children; Steve P. Ferguson, Anne M. (Mark) Clementz of Bloomington, William A. (Chris) Ferguson of Smiths Station Alabama and Jo Elezabeth “Beth” (Jason) Southerland of Atlanta, Illinois, 11 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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